HIGH jumper Anthony Hogg led a medal haul by county athletes in the 81st English Schools’ Track and Field Championships at Gateshead.
The multi-talented athlete won the junior boys’ high jump with a leap of 1.87m to take the title by three centimetres.
The Jarrow and Hebburn athlete is ranked third in the country in the under-15 pentathlon. He is also top of the UK high jump rankings with his 1.87.
Home advantage helped the Durham competitors to their best championships for years, with one silver medal and four bronze also coming their way.
Cameron Boyek took silver in the senior boys’ 1,500m (3.54.32), while third places were gained by Michael Bleasby in the inters 1,500m (4.05.25), Scott Lincoln – senior shot (15.48), Alan Toward – senior discus (48.28) and Lucy Turner in the junior girls’ 75m hurdles (11.33).
Sunderland’s Katherine Bulmer was fourth and 31cms off a medal in the senior shot (11.02). Michael Wilson was sixth in his heat of the inters 800m (2.00.3) and Abigail Smith took seventh in her inters 80m hurdles heat (12.36).
West Wearside’s Ryan King finished fifth in the inters long jump (6.68) and Barry Maskell was ninth in the inters 1,500m steeplechase final (4.38.82).
Easington’s Chloe Price was sixth in her inters 800m heat (2.16.04) and Georgia Dawson was sixth in her inters heat 100m (13.1).
H Houghton Harriers finished second in their Northern League division four match behind winners Richmond and Zetland at Middlesbrough.
While they only had one A string winner in Rachel Scott with victory in the women’s 200m (27.4) and high jump (1.49), the club’s policy of trying to cover every event was rewarded with many points.
H Harrier Jim Wightman carried Sunderland’s flag as the only competitor from the city in the New Marske Summer Coast 5k at Redcar.
The 64-year-old former Silksworth newsagent, pictured, finished 50th and second over-60 in 20.49 behind Robert Howard (Loftus), who recorded 20.32.
The race winner was the hosts club’s Dom Shaw (15.43) and Morpeth’s Melissa Turner won the women’s race in 17.28.
H Sunderland Harriers “tough of the track” Paul Redman finished 15th in the Chevy Chase 20 miles fell race on Saturday in 3.25.43.
The race winner was Matthew Roberts of Eryi Harriers in 2.49.54, beating his clubmate Iain Ridgway by one second. South Shields Harrier Luke Adams was seventh (3.07.08).